Drug Addiction Treatment Counselor I - O...
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department - Tacoma, WA

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The Treatment Services Program within the Strengthening Families Division is recruiting for two (2) Regular, Full-time (1.0 FTE) Drug Addiction Treatment Counselors. The typical work schedule for these positions is 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. This is an entry-level technical classification located in the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and is under the direction of an immediate supervisor.

Essential functions of the job include:

Providing chemical dependency treatment counseling to include:
  • conducting client intake and assessment to compile individual case histories and need for professional intervention;
  • providing educational and consultation services for substance abuse, addiction, and treatment of clients which may involve referral to a social worker or other medical authority;
  • performs follow-up assessment, consultation and educational services.
Under the direction of an immediate supervisor, a Drug Addiction Treatment Counselor I (DATC-I) also participates in the formulation of diagnostic conclusions, testing, and treatment of clients. Work involves the accurate recording of data for the efficient compilation of case histories, medical records, and other correspondence.
This classification involves extensive interaction with clients, community-based agencies, medical authorities, and department staff to conduct intake, assessment, and educational and consultative services. A DATC-I is obligated to uphold the department policies, and state and federal regulations regarding the confidentiality of client/patient information. Work involves both verbal and written communication skills to correspond with clients, agencies and community groups.

An employee assigned to this classification will work independently with minimal supervision. Work assignments are both general and specific in nature, and are received in both verbal and written form. Instructions received define overall objectives with minimal specificity regarding how to proceed with assignments. Work results are examined by an immediate supervisor for soundness of judgment and quality of recommendations. Unusual problems or situations are discussed with the supervisor.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated exceptional abilities to work as part of a team and in a high client volume environment.

This is a “summary” of the duties and responsibilities commonly found within this classification. It is not meant to be all-inclusive, thus, other related activities or tasks may be assigned.

  • Knowledge of social science assessment, intervention, and consultation principles and practices affecting substance abuse, addiction, and treatment (Drugs & Alcohol, etc.)
  • Knowledge of public health issues as they relate to specific social science disciplines.
  • Knowledge of pharmacology for commonly abused drugs and treatment modalities for drug addiction.
  • Skill in applying interviewing and assessment methods to a culturally and socio-economically diverse population of clients.
  • Skill in communicating effectively within a sometimes stressful environment utilizing professionalism, diplomacy and tact.
  • Skill in recording, compiling, and analyzing data for case histories, medical records, reports, and other general correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, community-based agencies, departmental personnel, etc.
  • Ability to identify relative community-based agencies and departmental programs involving health care and social services for client referral.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Possession of a current State of Washington Chemical Dependency Professional certification.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background investigation.


An Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency, Substance Abuse, the Social Sciences, or its academic equivalent; and two years of work experience at facilities approved by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse affording familiarity with client assessment, intervention, and counseling in drug addiction treatment as a chemical dependency counselor. (In accordance with Washington Administrative Code 440-22-220.) Additional education may substitute for one year of work experience.

  • Generally indoors within a controlled environment.
  • Frequent travel required to conduct field visits, attend meetings, conferences, and seminars, etc.
  • Employees may be required to utilize their private vehicles in the performance of their duties and will be reimbursed for mileage.
  • This is a non-exempt position generally working a Monday-Friday schedule from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm. The position may require working beyond the normally scheduled workweek, modifying existing work schedule, or flexing hours to meet with clients and community-based organizations.
  • Environmental conditions may entail a stressful work climate due to the nature of the job, i.e., sexual-abuse, HIV/AIDS counseling, chemical dependency counseling, etc.
  • Ability to communicate well enough to effectively accomplish the essential functions of the job.
  • Vision enough to read and review detailed written reports, case histories, medical records; and prepare client assessment and intervention documentation, correspondence, etc.
Effective January 1, 2002, as part of our public health policy, and because of the know effect of tobacco use has on our community, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will not hire applicants who use tobacco.

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